Myanmar – Deputy Head of Mission for Programs in Yangon
Myanmar – Deputy Head of Mission for Programs in Yangon
Type of contract
Fixed Term Contract
Expected start date
As soon as possible
Duration of mission
Myanmar was ruled by a military junta for decades. The first general election in 20 years was held in 2010. This was hailed by the junta as an important step in the transition from military rule to a civilian democracy. A civilian government led by President Thein Sein was installed in March 2011. Myanmar still remains one of the poorest country in the world, ranking 152 (1,272 USD per capita in 2017) in the GDP per capita worldwide and 145 in UNDP human development index (2016). Although there is a lack of reliable health data, it is commonly agreed that Myanmar has some of the worst health indicators in South-East Asia. The ethnic areas, that have been off-access for decades, are amongst the most vulnerable regions in Myanmar with a very low literacy rate resulting in various challenges such as education, health services, livelihood, and food insecurity. The largest ethnic group is the Bamar people. Bamar dominance over Karen, Shan, Rakhine, Mon, Rohyinga, Chin, Kachin and other minorities has been the source of considerable ethnic tensions and has fueled intermittent protests and separatist rebellions. Military operations against insurgents have uprooted many thousands of civilians in the last decades. Ceasefire deals signed in late 2011 and early 2012 with rebels of the Karen and Shan ethnic groups suggested a new determination to end the long-running conflicts, as did Chinese-brokered talks with Kachin rebels in February 2013.
In 2015, a National Cease-fire Agreement (NCA) was signed with most of the ethnic organizations at the border of the country, leading to real opportunities to access Non State Actors (NSA) areas. The negotiations to broaden this NCA are still ongoing and represent a major challenge for the country and the stability of some border states. Indeed, since 2011, armed conflict between the Myanmar Armed Forces (Tatmadaw) and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) has provoked the displacement of around 90,000 civilians to 136 camps across Kachin State.
The military coup in February 2021 has pushed Myanmar back into crisis. Brutal crackdown of demonstrations and civil opposition as well as confrontations between ethnic armed groups and the Tadmadaw have led to hundreds of casualties and displacements of thousands of people.
Under the supervision of the Head of Mission, the Deputy Head of Mission for Programs (DHoMP) will lead the Program Department (technical coordinators, MEAL team) in order to coordinate the tactical and strategic programming aspects of the Mission for ensuring the implementation of high-quality programs and helping in strengthening the PUI Mission development. S/he will operate these duties in line with the global PUI’ strategic framework and the approved Country Strategy for Myanmar.
The DHoMP plays a key role in coordinating implementation strategy and supports operational management and integration of all technical areas. This includes the primary responsibilities of projects planning/design, programs quality assurance, donor compliance on reporting and documentation, but also to ensure timely, effective and compliant programming in accordance with internal and external principles and requirements.
As an implementing organization, PUI places great importance on operational results and impact of its programs. Thus, the DHoMP plays critical role in overseeing monitoring and evaluation, usually in collaboration with the Field Coordinator, and in collaboration with other external partners and stakeholders.
1. PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND OVERSIGHT
2. PROGRAM QUALITY AND MONITORING
3. INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL COMPLIANCE, REPORTING, AND DOCUMENTATION
4. EXTERNAL REPRESENTATION AND COORDINATION WITH PARNTERS, STAKEHOLDERS AND OTHER ACTORS
5. TEAM MANAGEMENT
6. SECURITY AND SAFETY MANAGEMENT
Bachelor’s degree in a field related to project management, international development and/or social sciences
Experience managing multi-sectorial projects
Minimum of 5 years’ experience in the areas of program development, project management, donor reporting and grant compliance
Past track record in team management
Past track record in security management
Strong knowledge of MEAL methodologies and cycle
Knowledge of standards in one of the following sectors: health incl. mental health, nutrition, WaSH
Good understanding of gender aspects of the program design and implementation
Good understanding of protection mainstreaming
Good training and mentoring skills
Excellent planning and anticipation skills
Excellent command in writing and editing documents in English
Demonstrates integrity and promotes the PUI mandate and values among the teams
Fair treatment towards the team members
Demonstrates high tolerance for change, complexity, unpredictability
Proven team building, organization and communication skills
Proven mentoring and capacity strengthening skills
Ability to lead team and solve conflicts
Strong skills in coordination and building synergies between the teams
Ability to provide the required output in a timely and efficient manner
Ability to work under pressure
Employed with a Fixed-Term Contract
Monthly Gross Income: from 2 420 up to 2 750 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI
Cost Covered: Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…
Insurance including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation
Housing: Accommodation allowance
Daily Living Expenses: monthly “Per diem”
Paid Leaves Policy: 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months
Person in charge of this offer
Agathe Pajot, Human Resources officer for expatriates